Bible Studies for Life Lesson for May 2- I Take You
April 27 2010 by Dale Austin Jr., associate pastor, Wakeminster Baptist Church, Raleigh

Focal Passages: Genesis 2:23-25; Malachi 2:13-15  

How many people have the courage to write their own marriage vows? I can remember it as if it were yesterday when Terri and I were in our pre-marital counseling sessions well over 20 years ago, and the senior pastor discussed the various marriage vows.

I made sure to make it very clear to him that I only wanted to say “I DO.” I wanted to keep it simple so that I would not embarrass myself in front of all of our friends and family. Our scripture passage from Genesis 2:23-25 is the very first recorded marriage vow.

Adam publically declares that Eve is not just his wife, but she is also part of him. They are now one just as God intended from the very beginning. Today’s society glamorizes the wedding. By this, I mean to say that more time and energy is spent on the planning and choreography of the parties, showers, meals, and reception than on planning for marriage.

Marriage is to be a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman with God sealing this vow, but today we often see marriage not so much as a covenant between man, woman, and God but more as a casual agreement that ends when the relationship is no longer fun or convenient. The idea of a vow that lasts until “death do us part” is rejected in today’s society, and the sad part is that the average Christian marriage has about the same chance of surviving as does a secular marriage.

According to recent statistics, almost 50 percent of all marriages will end in divorce.

According to scripture, a vow is a sacred promise or covenant between two or more people with God sealing the agreement. Marriage should start acknowledging that this is a special relationship between a man and a woman and that Christ should be the foundation and focus of this very special relationship. The purpose of marriage is to grow together physically, intimately, and spiritually. God also had another very special gift as part of His plan for marriage — children. The original couple was encouraged to go forth and multiply. Nothing is more fun than having children, but at the same time, raising children can be just as difficult as working on and growing a healthy marriage. As parents, it is assumed by default that children are not just raised in a safe home, well fed, and educated; but it is also assumed the couple is to rear them to grow in their faith in Christ.

Christ takes the marriage vow very seriously — so seriously that He uses marriage to define His relationship with those who believe in Him. He demonostrated the ultimate vow by opening His arms wide on the cross with the thought in His head … “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  
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